FAQs

Do I need a partner?

No partner is required for any of our classes! Social dancing is a great way to meet people and our teachers regularly rotate partners to give everyone the opportunity to dance with different people.

Can I bring a partner if I want to? Will I be forced to rotate partners?

In social dancing, everyone is strongly encouraged to rotate partners to meet new people but you will not be forced to change partners if you don’t want to.

Do I need to have prior dance experience?

No, we welcome absolute beginners! In fact, every social dance is a beginner-level class unless otherwise noted. Just bring yourself and we’ll do the rest!

Can I still join if I missed the first couple weeks of rookie classes?

Yes! We accept new dancers until the first competition of the semester which is Harvard Beginners. Harvard Beginners usually takes place in the middle of October. You can also contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Do you have auditions or is there a comp process?

No! We believe that Ballroom Dance should be accessible to all, and so we accept all new members to our team. We do have a two week trial period where you can try out the classes and then decide if you would like to register.

Can I register in person at the door for Social Classes?

Although we do offer in-person registration, we strongly recommend you to register online to reserve your spot. Additionally, registering at the door is slower and may cause you to miss valuable instruction.

What should I wear to class? Do I need special shoes?

Wear something that makes you feel comfortable and allows you to move. No special shoes required.

Who teaches the classes?

Classes are taught by experienced members of the Harvard Ballroom Dance Team or friends of HBDT from studios and teams around Boston.

When and where are classes held?

All logistics are available on the Team page.

Do I need to be a Harvard Undergrad/Harvard Affiliate to join?

No! We accept all willing and able members of the Cambridge and greater Boston community onto our team. We believe Ballroom should be accessible for all.

I am afraid I cannot afford to join because I know that Ballroom is expensive?

We offer very discounted rates for our group classes compared to local studios or private lessons. We also offer free rentals of mens and women’s costumes for competitions as well as heavily discounted ballroom dance shoes. We further have a financial aid policy for those who qualify and are unable to pay.

I am interested in the team but do not intend to compete, can I still join?

Yes! We do plenty of other ballroom related social events, and we also offer social classes.